February 2007 Issue


Biggest building and design show to run in June

Keen interest is already being shown in this year’s major building industry event, BuildNZ designEXNZ 07, which runs from June 24 to 26 at the […]

Nationwide transparent quality assurance system needed for building industry

A nationwide transparent and systematic system of quality assurance across the broad spectrum of the building industry which ensures that accountability can be sheeted home […]

Building industry embraces ‘green office’ rating tool

Industry response to New Zealand’s proposed green building rating tool has been so enthusiastic and constructive that the tool is already in its third draft […]

Thermal Heart expedition reaches the pole

Architectural Profiles Ltd (APL) saw an early end to its polar expedition sponsorship when Kiwi trekkers Kevin Biggar and Jamie Fitzgerald were forced to end […]

Landmark decision will ‘make it difficult for councils to turn back the tide’

A home owner has been awarded $250,000 to replace her Waitakere home in a landmark ruling by a High Court judge, who has also strongly […]

Enhanced site helps home owners make informed choices

Building Issues Minister Clayton Cosgrove and Consumers’ Institute chief executive David Russell recently launched the enhanced ConsumerBuild web site, aimed at improving New Zealanders’ understanding […]

Fox included in DBH-appointed advisory panel

Former Registered Master Builders Federation president Mike Fox has been appointed to a Building Advisory Panel selected by Department of Building and Housing chief executive […]

Ministry of Education v Mike Barns & Associates Ltd and others

The Crown is the owner of Ruatoki Area School. In the latter part of 1994, the Ministry entered into a contract with the first defendant […]

The signs of Harry Ell

Kiwis owe much to dedicated visionaries. Harry Ell was one blessed with foresight, and visitors to the Port Hills in Christchurch often learn the story […]

From Melbourne Cups and armed forces to clothes horses . . .

Up until recently identified by its rows upon rows of military sheds, the Sylvia Park precinct in Mt Wellington has played host to early Maori […]

Innovative methods provided by steel

Urban sprawl and the increasing scarcity of land are forcing authorities and developers to consider building sites with soil characteristics that require innovative building techniques, […]

Concrete – tried and trusted for foundations

Concrete is the most widely used construction material in the world, according to Cement and Concrete Association of New Zealand project manager Rob Gaimster. “It […]

Waffle floor slabs quick and simple

Waffle slab floors have been used in New Zealand for about a decade. The system consists of an on-ground reinforced concrete slab supported on a […]

Timber – the Green option

Treated wood is a tried and tested foundation material when building a new house – and a valid option that delivers two added bonuses, according […]

Concrete foundations – a look at the trends

In recent years concrete slab foundations have become increasingly popular owing to their speed of construction and relative economy, compared with the use of traditional […]

The return of Max Rockatansky

“She’s the last of the big V8s mate . . .” – an immortal line from possibly the greatest cult movie classic to ever come […]

Naylor Love sets the standard

An impressively designed, multi-storey school sports centre by Dunedin-based builder Naylor Love Ltd took out the 2006 Supreme Award and the RMB Commercial Project of […]

Builder Licensing — the latest from the DBH

You do not have to have a formal qualification to be licensed, although any relevant qualifications you do have will be good supporting evidence of […]

December statistics reflected a steady year

The December 2006 building consents statistics reflected a “steady as you go” year, Registered Master Builders Federation chief executive Pieter Burghout says. “For the full […]

Judge the best builders in New Zealand

Would you like the opportunity to judge the very best in residential construction by New Zealand’s top builders? Applications are now open to join the […]

Companies that hit the wall

The recent collapse of Meridian Homes brings to mind the importance of best business practice. Many companies come to grief because they have not anticipated […]

2007 House of the Year and RMB Commercial Project Awards entries closing soon

Entries in this year’s House of the Year and RMB Commercial Project Awards close on Friday, February 23, 2007. Sponsored by PlaceMakers, this year’s competition […]

My name is Bond . . . James Bond

The Registered Master Builders Federation Conference in New Plymouth on April 19 to 22, 2007, promises to have adventure, fun and a large dash of […]

Leaky Buildings: A landmark decision in Waitakere

A landmark High Court leaky buildings decision to award a Waitakere City home owner a quarter of a million dollars could open the fl oodgates, […]

2007 — a year of change

Change tends to go in waves – when you go through a long period of “status quo” and “this is the way we always do […]